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Turboprops In Turbulence

Sun Nov 18, 2001 12:56 am

What turboprops do u think handle turbulence the best? the worst?
The Dash 8 and Saab 340 seem to handle it poorly, while the Jetstream 41 is very smooth, in my opinion.
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RE: Turboprops In Turbulence

Sun Nov 18, 2001 2:24 am

apparently i'm the only one who's flown on turbos
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RE: Turboprops In Turbulence

Sun Nov 18, 2001 2:54 am

The only turbos I've been on are Electras and F27s... I'd say the F27 gets flipped about while the electras just plough through turbulence (unless it just falls out of the sky)

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RE: Turboprops In Turbulence

Sun Nov 18, 2001 2:56 am

I think turboprops are the worst in turbulence because of them being lightweight. In August of this year I flew on a US Airways Express DH8 from ALB to BWI where we hit some turbulence and were being knocked around quite a bit through most of the landing descent into BWI.
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RE: Turboprops In Turbulence

Sun Nov 18, 2001 6:25 am

Actually it is because of the weight and the wing. TP's have for the most part straight wings. Great for climbing but not too efficient in cruise. The wings are very strong but don't take chop too well. The EMB-120 gets tossed around a good bit. I've actually been in turbulance a few years ago in a Brasilia where the escape rope in the cockpit came out of the ceiling and the FO's flight case(sits to the right of the fo) came over into my lap. 3 service units came out of the ceiling in the back and the lavatory sloshed all around the back of the airplane. Auto-pilot kicked off and the #2 engine oil quantity voice "oil" was being heard and all this on a clear day.
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RE: Turboprops In Turbulence

Sun Nov 18, 2001 8:25 am

I think it is very tough to say which turboprop handles turbulence the best since there is no way to accurately measure this. You can't really compare this since turbulence varies so much and there is no telling how much there actually is and how strong it is and how much you will feel it. In your case you may have just flown on a J41 on a day with little chop in the air whereas when you flew the Saab 340 or Dash 8 on a day when the air was very turbulent.

I've never flown on a J41 but I've flown on both the Dash-8 & Saab 340, & ATR-42 many, many times. In each case, I've had flights that have been perfectly smooth and others where I've been bounced all over the place. Ususally cruise is smooth, but climb & descent are all over the place. Even so, my roughest flight ever was on an AA 727-200 from RDU-DTW where we spend the entire flight circling t-storms and crossing a huge frontal boundary. There is no exact way to say which is the best or worst aircraft from a passenger experience. However, the general rule is that jets get bounced around less than props. As for RJ's I dunno, since I've never been on one, but I believe weight is a factor in how much a plane gets bounced around.
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RE: Turboprops In Turbulence

Sun Nov 18, 2001 8:57 am

The Beech Starship, being canard equipped rides chop extremely well. The design makes it inherently very stable, which is no doubt why Omni 1 is used as a photo survey plane.

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